A Most Excellent Jumpin’

Bit late with this,  but the June Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee was an absolute blinder, one of the very best yet. Thanks to the maestro Ethan McDermott for a couple of sets of stunning tunes and for totally getting the Jumpin’ vibe (even if he pushed his luck with a couple of tunes 😉 ) and thanks for coming if you did.

The next Jumpin’ will be on September 22nd and it’ll be my fiftieth birthday party, so expect some *very* special guest DJs and all sorts of mayhem…




Jumpin’ Into Summer

So here’s a new Stagger mix to see you through these sunny days – lots of summery tunes and some Record Store Day gems from Bobbie Gentry, Eli Paperboy Reed and Joe Higgs. And new tunes from Steven Adams and The Left Outsides too…

Not only that but I’ve finally updated the gig list (on the right), and there’s more to be announced.

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  1. Eli Paperboy Reed – Well, Alright Now (feat. High & Mighty Brass Band)
  2. Little Richard – Poor Dog (Who Can’t Wag His Own Tail)
  3. Lively Ones – Pipeline
  4. Tommy Ridgley – Jam Up Twist
  5. Billy Hawks – Whip It On Me
  6. Jackie Mittoo And Soul Vendors – Napoleon Solo
  7. Little Milton – Ain’t No Big Deal
  8. Robert Thomas – Salvation
  9. Madeline Bell – Picture Me Gone
  10. Bobbie Gentry – Nikki Hoeky / Barefootin’
  11. Dirtbombs – Ode to a Black Man
  12. Bloodshot Bill & Shannon Shaw – Honey Time
  13. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones – Let’s Go Trippin’
  14. Brian Diamond & The Cutters – Big Bad Wolf
  15. Violent Femmes – I Hear The Rain
  16. Colorblind James Experience – Dance Critters
  17. Johnny Price – Marijuana, the Devil Flower
  18. Dan Sartain – Besame Mucho
  19. Johnny Colon – Boogaloo Blues
  20. Little Caesar & the Ark Angels – Ghost Of Mary Meade Part 2
  21. Jimmy Cliff – Synthetic World
  22. Alton Ellis – I’m Just A Guy
  23. Byron Lee & The Ska Kings – Watermelon Man Ska
  24. Fantastic Johnny C – Hitch It To The Horse
  25. Shirley – Big Boss Man
  26. Rita Pavone – Datemi Un Martelle
  27. Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth
  28. Angelic Choir – Wade In The Water
  29. Joe Higgs – Invitation To Jamaica
  30. Bob Fryfogle – Six Feet Under
  31. Steven Adams – A Joke
  32. Thin White Rope – Film Theme
  33. Left Outsides – The Ballad of Elm Tree Hill
  34. Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Kentucky
  35. Ola Belle Reed – I’ve Endured
  36. Harriet McClintock – Gin The Cotton


Jumpin’ #25

Jumpin #25

Been a while since my last Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee mix, so here’s #25. It’s mostly just tunes I’ve been into since the last one.  There’s a track from the fantastic new Shannon & The Clams album and two from Richmond Fontaine‘s instrumental accompaniment to Willy Vlautin‘s wonderful new novel Don’t Skip Out On Me, plus the usual blend of niceness.

  1. The Skatalites – Christine Keiler
  2. Men Of North Country – I’m Com’un Home (In the Morn’un)
  3. Richmond Fontaine – Dream of the City and the City Itself
  4. Lee Dorsey – Four Corners
  5. Hoyt Axton – Double Double Dare
  6. The Delusionaires – The Scrump
  7. Shannon & The Clams – The Boy
  8. Purple Mundi – Stop Hurting Me Baby
  9. The 5 Royales – Think
  10. Rita Marley – Play Play
  11. The Exciters – Tell Him
  12. The Strangeloves – Night Time
  13. Cindy & Bert – Der Hund Von Baskerville
  14. The Collins Kids – Shortin’ Bread Rock
  15. Roy Orbison – Domino
  16. Jimmie Revard & His Okahoma Playboys – Dirty Dog
  17. Tony Joe White – High Sheriff Of Calhoun Parish
  18. Sister Roseta Tharpe – This Train
  19. The Violinaires – Old Time Religion
  20. Black Velvet – African Velvet
  21. Mighty Sparrow – Jack Palance
  22. Lito Barrientos y su Orquesta – Cumbia En Do Menor
  23. Red Callender Sextet – Voodoo
  24. Bobby Hebb – Sunny
  25. Connie Francis – Fallin’
  26. Little Anthony & The Imperials – Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop
  27. She Trinity – He Fought The Law
  28. Santiago Jimenez – Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio (Ranchera)
  29. Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five – Barnyard Boogie
  30. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Tulip Or Turnip
  31. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Alligator Wine
  32. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Some Velvet Morning
  33. Bobby Darin – Mack the Knife
  34. Scott Walker – The Big Hurt
  35. The Spaniels – Baby It’s You
  36. Millie Jackson – It Hurts So Good
  37. O.V. Wright – Everybody knows (the river song)
  38. Ricky Nelson – Lonesome Town
  39. Ry Cooder – Cancion Mixteca
  40. The Broken Family Band – Nights In The Tractorbeam
  41. Richmond Fontaine – Finding Horace On The Street
  42. Stick In The Wheel – Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green
  43. John Lurie – Italian Walk



Well, That Was Jumpin’

Well, Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #6 was a whole lotta fun. Thanks to Rob Heron for some fine tunes, thanks for coming if you did.

I’m terrible at keeping any record of what I played, but judging by my singles box, it was probably this lot (in something like this order but I won’t swear to it…). We’ve got latin rock, northern soul, cool jazz, stompin’ R&B, soulful country, testifyin’ gospel, roots rock reggae and sixties mod…

  • Eric Burdon & War – Spill The Wine
  • The Barons – Money Don’t Grow On Trees
  • Brenton Wood – Gimme Little Sign
  • Peggy Lee – Fever
  • Bobby Hebb – A Satisfied Mind
  • Madeline Bell – Picture Me Gone
  • Hortense Ellis – Woman of The Ghetto
  • Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
  • Derrick  Morgan – Belly Woman
  • Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk Popcorn
  • Willie Hightower – Nobody But You
  • Jimmy McCracklin – Let The Door Hit You
  • Inez Foxx – Hi Diddle Diddle
  • Diana Cole – Pawn Shop
  • Esther Marrow – Chains Of Love
  • Erma Franklin – You’ve Been Cancelled
  • Bobbie Gentry – Touch ‘Em With Love
  • Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee
  • Georgie Fame – Seventh Son
  • Dixie Cups – Iko, Iko
  • Dr John – Right Place, Wrong Time
  • The Valentinos – It’s All Over
  • Wayne Gibson – Under My Thumb
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Just Checked In
  • Nancy Sinatra – Last Of The Secret Agents
  • Rosemary Clooney – Come On-A My House
  • Connie Francis – Fallin’
  • Roland Alphonso – Easter Bonnet
  • Frank Brown – Some Come, Some Go
  • Sonny & Cher – The Beat Goes On
  • Linda Lyndell – What A Man
  • Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
  • Shirley Ellis – The Nitty Gritty
  • Al Brown’s Tunetoppers – The Madison
  • Bunny Sigler – Let The Good Times Roll
  • Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Zoot Suit Riot
  • Earl Grant – House Of Bamboo
  • The Box Tops – The Letter
  • The Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron
  • Omar Kay – Turkish Coffee
  • The Fantastic Johnny C – Hitch it To The Horse
  • Aretha Franklin – Soulville
  • Wendy Rene – Bar-B-Q
  • Etta James – Tell Mama
  • Earl Harrison – The Humphrey Stomp
  • Georgie Fame – Madness
  • Bobby Hebb – Sunny
  • Nino Tempo & 5th Avenue Sax – Sister James
  • Clara Ward – Didn’t It Rain?
  • Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas
  • Black Velvet – African Velvet
  • Mar Keys – Last Night
  • Little Esther & Big Al – You Never Miss Your Water
  • Wanda Jackson – Funnel Of Love
  • Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Shakin’ All Over
  • Vince Taylor – Brand New Cadillac
  • The Ad Libs – Appreciation



The next Jumpin’ is on June 16th – see you there.

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Happy New Year!


Well, folks, that was magnificent. One of the most fun New Year’s Eves I’ve ever had, a total roadblock and fantastic tunes all night. Thanks so much for coming if you did, and big love to Rob Heron, Jelly Jells, Giovanni Spatuzzi, Alex Johnson, Neil and Elise Hopper and Kathryn & Mark & the Cobalt Crew. Bloody marvellous. See you next year…


A Little Christmas Jumpin’

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Here’s a little Christmas gift – the best thing about it being there are almost no bloody Christmas songs on it (The Staple Singers got through the filter because IT’S THE BLOODY STAPLE SINGERS AND THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT).

So when the turkey is just a hollowed-out carcass that the dog is eyeing greedily, everyone has fallen out and you’re drunk out of your tiny mind on snowballs and sherry, stick this mix on. Have a dance, have another drink and by the time it slips into the slow, melancholy, quiet section at the end, you’ll be collapsing into a carb-fuelled slumber anyhow.

There’s a couple of tracks from the newish Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has been blowing my tiny mind, and something from the imminent new Stick In The Wheel album. Otherwise it’s the usual blend of tunes that I’ve been listening to a lot lately.

  1. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Mad
  2. Bunny Sigler – Let The Good Times Roll
  3. Elvis Presley – Crawfish
  4. Ann Sexton – It’s All Over Bar The Shouting
  5. The Staple Singers – Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas?
  6. Hollie Cook – Superstar
  7. Joe Tex & U Black – Rub-A-Dub Evening
  8. Huey Piano Smith – Little Liza Jane
  9. Lito Barrientos – Cumbia En Do Menor
  10. Dan Sartain – Besame Mucho
  11. The Coasters -Three Cool Cats
  12. The MarKeys – Last Night
  13. Earl Harrison – Humphrey Stomp
  14. Elsie Wheat – Tippin’
  15. James Hunter Six– Light Of My Life
  16. The Megatons – Shimmy Shimmy Pt 1
  17. Nick & The Jaguars -Ichi-bon #1
  18. The Liverbirds – He’s About A Mover
  19. Aretha Franklin – Niki Hoeky
  20. Bobbie Gentry – Thunder In The Afternoon
  21. PP Arnold – Brand New Day
  22. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – One Hundred Fire
  23. Art Neville – Bo Diddley
  24. Howlin’ Wolf – Dorothy Mae
  25. Chubby Checker – Misirlou
  26. Prince Jazzbo – Penny Reel
  27. Johnny Clarke – Poor Marcus
  28. The Como Mamas – Out Of The Wilderness
  29. Sister Goldia Haynes Choir – The Truth Is In The Gospel
  30. Stick In The Wheel – Over & Over
  31. Uncle Tupelo – Acuff-Rose
  32. Hank Williams – Ramblin’ Man
  33. The Famous Times – The Blue Man
  34. Flying Burrito Brothers – Hot Burrito #1
  35. Mary Gauthier – I Drink
  36. The Deslondes – She’d Better Be Lonely
  37. Howe Gelb – Impossible Thing
  38. Moondog – All Is Loneliness
  39. Sonny Sharrock – Who Does She Hope To Be?



The Joint Was… Jumpin’

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Dunno about you, but I think Jumpin’ #5 might have been the best yet? A packed house full of lovely people, big on dancing and low on drunken idiocy (DJs excepted). Fine tunes from yr man Alex Johnson and just a generally brilliant night. So thanks for coming if you did.

The next Jumpin’ is on February 24th  but before that there’s obviously Midnite Train at Cobalt on New Year’s Eve. See you there!

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See You All In Soulville!

Seems like ages since the last Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee but we’re back on November 25th with a stack of new tunes.

Joining us again is Alex Johnson, who absolutely killed it last time, and we’re sure this will be a big one.

Expect soul and rocksteady and rhythm & blues and funk and garage and surf and rockabilly and gospel and more and tunes like this…

So join us down at Ernest in a couple of weeks and let’s have a blast!

Midnite Train To Cobalt!

We can finally confirm that Rob Heron and I are putting on the party of the year on New Year’s Eve. Yes, Soul Finger and Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee Present Midnite Train at the splendid Cobalt Studios


A host of DJs, a lot of general wonderfulness in a fantastic Ouseburn venue. All for a mere fiver in advance. For all your end of year soul-funk-mod-boogaloo-R&B-latin-rockabilly-garage-rocksteady-afrobeat needs!

All vinyl, all awesome, all night.

Details here, ticket link imminent